Lying off North Africa, the Canary Islands are a perfect destination for a walking holiday, renowned for their sunny climate, extraordinary landscape and friendly people. You can take your pick from the mountainous Tenerife, lush La Gomera, dramatic Gran Canaria and the striking island of La Palma. These are spectacular destinations for discerning walkers with an eye for abundant flora and natural beauty.
Home of the indigenous Guanche people, the islands are a charming blend of beautiful colonial buildings and historic towns with traditional farming life that has remained unchanged for centuries.
A veritable paradise for bird lovers and botanists, these islands also boast unique flora. Look out for curious indigenous shrubs and stonecrops, extinct elsewhere but on La Gomera, or hardy alpine vegetation on the slopes of Mount Teide. The terrain is rocky and volcanic, providing a superb habitat for 200 species of birds from falcons to the native canary.
Tenerife's appeal lies in its soaring volcanic cliffs, snow capped Mount Teide, and fertile valleys abundant with cork and splashes of yellow mimosa. La Gomera is home to an ancient laurel forest and precipitous palm-lush ravines. On La Palma you'll find verdant forests, volcanic craters, a mountainous national park, and rich vineyards which produce sweet Malmsey wines. Gran Canaria then boasts incredibly varied landscapes from lush forests and mountains to white beaches and the cosmopolitan capital, Las Palmas.
The Canary Islands are a utopia of dramatic contrasts and can all be explored with our exciting walking holidays, available in guided and self-guided options.
Here are just a few of the handpicked walking holiday destinations available to you in the Canary Islands.
La Palma, nicknamed La Isla Bonita ('the Beautiful Island'), is a relatively unheard-of volcanic island in the western Canaries. For its small size, it features a vast amount of diverse scenery, from dense cloud forests to volcanic landscapes with twisted rock formations and black sand beaches. This mountainous island offers an incredible holiday, walking through well-waymarked paths of extensive evidence of volcanic activity including the awe-inspiring National Park and world-famous Calderas.
A unique island of natural beauty, Lanzarote is a year-round destination with a temperate climate and otherworldly terrain. Enjoy birdwatching with the chance to see many protected bird species, walk up and across volcanic craters, enjoy time on the stunning beaches and visit the little-known island of La Graciosa in this varied week-long, self-guided trip.
Located 30km from Tenerife, La Gomera is known as the untouched Canary Island, a paradise for those who like dramatic scenery, awe-inspiring vistas, beautiful green valleys and ancient tropical rain forests. A walker's delight, the island measures just 20 square miles yet is packed with a variety of routes that are suited to all abilities. Some La Gomera holiday packages come with a car included for you to explore more of this incredible island at a pace that suits you.
Gran Canaria is less than 100 miles off the northwest coast of Africa and is in the centre of the Canaries Atlantic archipelago. This volcanic island is often referred to as 'a continent in miniature' with its extraordinarily varied landscapes ranging from lush green forests and valleys in the north to the towering mountainous interior, plus the desert-like dunes and beautiful white beaches of its southern shores.
Renowned as the 'Island of Eternal Spring', Tenerife's wild beauty varies from the dramatic landscapes of the UNESCO Teide National Park, capped by the famous volcano itself, to its spectacular coastline with stunning ocean views. This walker's paradise offers you the opportunity to explore vibrant green valleys and lush pine forests, as well as the local activities and cultural events.
The least known of the Canary Islands, El Hierro is a mixture of volcanic scenery, pastures and beautiful Canarian pine woodlands, whose inhabitants are independently minded and fiercely proud of their unspoiled home. Explore all corners of this pristine island and its spectacular escarpments, volcanic ash cones and lava flows, great coastline and pastoral, forested central plateau.
Visit this mountainous island for an incredible holiday, walking through extensive evidence of volcanic activity including the awe-inspiring National Park and world-famous Calderas.
Few places can match the natural beauty of the Canary Islands, especially Tenerife, which has become a mecca for enthusiastic walkers. Join us on this week long walking holiday, taking in the highlights of this stunning year-round destination.
Located 30km from Tenerife, La Gomera is known as the untouched Canary Island, a paradise for those who like dramatic scenery, awe inspiring vistas, beautiful green valleys and ancient tropical rain forests. Popular with walkers of all abilities, this holiday comes with a car included for you to explore more of this incredible island.
This 7-night linear walk takes you to all corners of the smallest of the Canary Islands. The unspoiled island has spectacular escarpments, volcanic ash cones and lava flows, a great coastline and a green - pastoral and forested - central plateau.
We have nearly 40 years of experience in crafting the adventure holidays of dreams, and our walking tours in the Canary Islands are no different. Whether you're going for a self-guided or guided option, you can book your Canary Island walking excursion confidently with us today and get ready for the trip of a lifetime.